Last updated 25th August 2023
A recent Church of England research report - 'From Anecdote to Evidence' - concluded the following were the common ingredients strongly associated with growth in churches of any size, place or context:
The original research has now been followed up by 'From Evidence to Action', which builds on the original findings and provides resources to help churches assess themselevs on the growth factors, and make growth plans.
The website (link above) contains a guide to the findings and some helpful materials based around common factors which were found to be linked with growth.
All the material on the site is designed to help those who want to reflect and act on these findings in whatever their context.
There are resources to help churches think and act in the following areas that the evidence shows are linked to growth.
The website includes templates for reviewing your church in the light of these findings and deciding on actions, as well as powerpoints with some statistics, and training resources, and would be valuable in helping any church developing a Mission/Vision/Church Growth Action Plan
The road to growth depends on the context, and what works in one place may not work in another; churches cannot soar on autopilot. Growth is a product of good leadership (lay and ordained) working with a willing set of churchgoers in a favourable environment' Professor David Voas - Data Analysis and Church Profiling strand
You might also be interested in the Church Growth Research and Development main website from which you can access other Church of England pages relating to Church Growth Development Funding, Church Growth Resourcing Mission Bulletin, Mission Network News and Ministry development.
Last updated August 2023, Ronnie Semley